Volume 2, Number 8

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September 2006

 
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Dear ESL All subscribers from all around the world,

Have you ever heard of ESL (English as a Second Language), EFL(English as a Foreign language) or Business English blogs? Do you clearly understand what the terms "blog" or "weblog" refer to? A weblog, which is usually shortened to blog, is a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and displayed in a reverse chronological order. As blogs usually deal with a specific topic, the ten blogs, which we have selected for you this month provide commentary, news and information on English learning and teaching.

A typical blog contains mostly text, but can also contain images, and links to other resources and blogs, web pages, and other media related to the topic under discussion. There is therefore a lot more to explore at blogsites than what first meets the eye, which is usually the last dated textual entry showing at the top of the homepage.

This month's issue features blogsites that cover a wide range of topics dealing with general and business English, topics that can be useful to both English learners and teachers. For those who would like to push the exploration a little further, our last suggested link provides a collection of close to one hundred other English learning blogsites available for free on the web .

Do not hesitate to send us your comments or questions if you have any.

Happy blogging!

The ESL All Team

1- The English Blog
http://jeffreyhill.typepad.com/english/
The English Blog: A high-quality English-learning related blog for teachers and students managed by Jeffrey Hill. Valuable comments and resources for English learning. Archives. Links to other blog sites.

2-The English Blog.com
http://www.english-blog.com/
The English Blog.com: A place where English instructors and students meet to discuss and learn. Covers the field of English as a whole. Great links and resources for English as a Second language, and other related disciplines such as composition, literature, rhetoric and linguistics. Also features ESL Coffeetalk, ESL Forum Buzz, and Scattergories. Edited by Lee Hobbs.

3- ESL Lesson Plans
http://www.esl-lesson-plan.com/
ESL Lesson Plans: Lesson plans, teaching locales, tips, tricks and budgeting advice mostly for novice and veteran ESL instructors, but also contains very interesting material for ESL students. Features Recent Entries, ESL Jobs, Hot Discussion Topics, and Cool Links. Edited by Carol Rueckert.

4- Technology for Business English
http://www.te4be.com/pages/blog/blog_index.htm
Te4Be.com: Ideas and observations about the day-to-day teaching of Business English as well as site visitors comments and experiences. Includes the following sections: Teachers, Technology, Web Links, Students, and FAQ. Edited by Barney Barrett and Pete Sharma.

5- Where Are the Business English Blogs?
http://wherearethebeblogs.blogspot.com/
Business English Blogs: A list of high-quality blogsites for those who are interested in Business English.

6- English 360
http://www.english360.com/blog/
English 360:
Ideas, reflections and conversation about language learning and teaching, business and communication, entrepreneurship and technology.

7- Ask Doctor English
http://askdoctorenglish.blogspot.com/
AskDoctorEnglish.Blogspot.com: Ask Doctor English your ESL and English language learning specialist. Ask whatever you like about the English language. Doctor English is an ESL Teacher, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

8- UsingEnglish.com Weblog
http://www.usingenglish.com/weblog/
UsingEnglish.com: ESL learners and teachers online blog. Ideas, thoughts, uses of English and other language-learning related issues. Features many discusion categories, ESL archives and links to other blogs. Very useful material for language learners.

9- Englastuces
http://anglais.blogsome.com/
Englastuces: A very interesting blogsite for ESL learners. Contains general thoughts and ideas on language learning as well as great language links. Featured sections are: Dictionaries and References, ESL Learners, ESL Teachers, Quizzes and Exercises, Links to other Blogs on the web, and a lot more.

10- The Internet TESL Journal Blog Section
http://iteslj.org/links/TESL/Weblogs/
The Internet TESL Journal:
For those of you who would like to explore more blogsites not listed in this newsletter, here's an interesting collection of blog-related links of interest to teachers and students of English as a Second Language.

 
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